SCRIABIN: Preludes, Vol. 2

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1 I. Prelude No. 1 in G sharp minor: Andante (4 Preludes, Op. 22) 2:05 $1.49 Buy
2 II. Prelude No. 2 in C sharp minor: Andante (4 Preludes, Op. 22) 1:02 $1.49 Buy
3 III. Prelude No. 3 in B major: Allegretto (4 Preludes, Op. 22) 1:11 $1.49 Buy
4 IV. Prelude No. 4 in B minor: Andantino (4 Preludes, Op. 22) 1:05 $1.49 Buy
5 Prelude in E flat major, Op. 45: III. Andante [Hands Up] 2:17 $1.49 Buy
6 I. Prelude No. 1 in D flat major: Allegro (3 Preludes, Op. 35) 1:16 $1.49 Buy
7 II. Prelude No. 2 in B flat major: Elevato (3 Preludes, Op. 35) 2:39 $1.49 Buy
8 III. Prelude No. 3 in C major: Scherzoso (3 Preludes, Op. 35) 0:58 $1.49 Buy
9 I. Prelude No. 1 in G minor: Patetico (2 Preludes, Op. 27) 0:47 $1.49 Buy
10 II. Prelude No. 2 in B major: Andante (2 Preludes, Op. 27) 1:21 $1.49 Buy
11 I. Prelude No. 1: Andante (2 Preludes, Op. 67) 1:19 $1.49 Buy
12 II. Prelude No. 2: Presto (2 Preludes, Op. 67) 1:14 $1.49 Buy
13 I. Prelude in C major, Op. 2: Lento - Presto (Prelude in C major, Op. 2) 0:34 $1.49 Buy
14 II. Prelude in B major, Op. 3, No. 1 (Prelude in C major, Op. 2) 1:09 $1.49 Buy
15 III. Prelude Op. 3, No. 2 (Prelude in C major, Op. 2) 1:03 $1.49 Buy
16 IV. Prelude in D flat major (Prelude in C major, Op. 2) 3:05 $1.49 Buy
17 Prelude Op. 59, No. 2: Sauvage, belliqueux [2 Pieces, Op. 59 (use)] 1:26 $1.49 Buy
18 I. Prelude No. 1: Douloureux, dechirant (5 Preludes, Op. 74) 2:22 $1.49 Buy
19 II. Prelude No. 2: Tres lent, contemplatif (5 Preludes, Op. 74) 1:23 $1.49 Buy
20 III. Prelude No. 3: Allegro drammatico (5 Preludes, Op. 74) 2:09 $1.49 Buy
21 IV. Prelude No. 4: Lent, vague, indecis (5 Preludes, Op. 74) 1:10 $1.49 Buy
22 V. Prelude No. 5: Fier, belliqueux (5 Preludes, Op. 74) 1:04 $1.49 Buy
23 I. Prelude No. 1 in D flat major / C major (4 Preludes, Op. 31) 1:38 $1.49 Buy
24 II. Prelude No. 2 in F minor (4 Preludes, Op. 31) 1:44 $1.49 Buy
25 III. Prelude No. 3 in E flat major (4 Preludes, Op. 31) 1:09 $1.49 Buy
26 IV. Prelude No. 4 in C major (4 Preludes, Op. 31) 1:34 $1.49 Buy
27 I. Prelude No. 1 in E major (4 Preludes, Op. 33) 0:44 $1.49 Buy
28 II. Prelude No. 2 in F sharp major: Vagamente (4 Preludes, Op. 33) 1:38 $1.49 Buy
29 III. Prelude No. 3 in C major (4 Preludes, Op. 33) 1:16 $1.49 Buy
30 IV. Prelude No. 4 in A flat major: Ardito, bellicoso (4 Preludes, Op. 33) 1:10 $1.49 Buy
31 I. Prelude No. 1 in B flat minor: Mesto (4 Preludes, Op. 37) 0:58 $1.49 Buy
32 II. Prelude No. 2 in F sharp major: Maestoso, fiero (4 Preludes, Op. 37) 1:58 $1.49 Buy
33 III. Prelude No. 3 in B major: Andante (4 Preludes, Op. 37) 1:44 $1.49 Buy
34 IV. Prelude No. 4 in G minor: Irato impetuoso (4 Preludes, Op. 37) 2:05 $1.49 Buy
35 I. Prelude No. 1 in F sharp major: Allegro (4 Preludes, Op. 39) 2:13 $1.49 Buy
36 II. Prelude No. 2 in D major: Elevato (4 Preludes, Op. 39) 0:59 $1.49 Buy
37 III. Prelude No. 3 in G major: Languido (4 Preludes, Op. 39) 1:25 $1.49 Buy
38 IV. Prelude No. 4 in F minor (4 Preludes, Op. 39) 1:21 $1.49 Buy
39 I. Prelude No. 1 in F sharp major: Impetuoso fiero (4 Preludes, Op. 48) 1:06 $1.49 Buy
40 II. Prelude No. 2 in C major: Poetico con delizio (4 Preludes, Op. 48) 1:30 $1.49 Buy
41 III. Prelude No. 3 in D flat major: Capricciosamente affannato (4 Preludes, Op. 48) 1:29 $1.49 Buy
42 IV. Prelude No. 4 in C major: Festivamente (4 Preludes, Op. 48) 3:09 $1.49 Buy
43 Prelude in F major, Op. 49: II. Bruscamente irato [3 Pieces, Op. 49] 1:20 $1.49 Buy
44 Prelude in A minor, Op. 51: II. Lugubre [4 Pieces, Op. 51] 0:48 $1.49 Buy
45 Prelude in E flat minor, Op. 56: I. Violent, tres accentue [4 Pieces, Op. 56] 2:35 $1.49 Buy

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Born to a wealthy Moscow family in 1872, Alexander Scriabin became a leading concert pianist, despite having hands that barely stretched an octave. As a composer he was continually experimenting with new concepts, and became particularly involved in the synthesis of sound and colour. Most of his compositions involve the piano, and include a series of eighty Preludes composed throughout his short life. They are rhythmically attractive cameos, many lasting less than a minute, their shimmering wisps of sound creating a luminescent quality. His son, Julian, died at the age of 11, by which time the young boy had composed the four attractive Preludes included on this release.

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Naxos has turned up trumps with the little-known Russian Evgeny Zarafiants. Rhythmically subtle (and continually supple), tonally expansive and dramatically wide-ranging, he plays this music with great conviction, and a technique which copes conformably with all challenges. Even in the most tempestuous and tortuous passages, his tone is never strident, and his harmonic colouring could profitably be emulated by many pianists of ten times his renown. This release can be highly recommended, not least for the excellent recorded sound. - Jeremy Siepmann, BBC Music Magazine, October 2000